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Examines American films dealing with the Vietnam War and era, and the power these films possess in delivering political messages.
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The essays in this volume deal with representations of the Vietnam war in documentary film and television reporting, examining the ways the power of film is used to deliver political messages.From Library Journal:
Mass media representations of the Vietnam War both reflect and impact upon public perceptions and assessments of U.S. history. Editors Dittmar (English, Univ. of Massachusetts) and Michaud (media coordinator, Univ. of Massachusetts) have assembled an important group of essays which examine the meaning of Hollywood's depiction of the conflict in Southeast Asia and at home. Commercial filmmakers and studios may not feel responsible for the messages their works disseminate "as long as they make money," but the writers represented here feel a responsibility to discuss the perceptions that these films present to the public. The level of inquiry is high and the revelations telling. Special attention is paid to the portrayal of soldiers and veterans, and issues of race and class. Significantly, non-Hollywood films are also considered. This is an important addition to any American history collection and essential for those libraries with collections on media, movies, Vietnam, veterans, or associated areas.
- Robert Rayher, Sch. of the Art Inst. of Chicago
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Book Description Rutgers University Press, 1990. Condition: Very Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP96289646
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Book Description Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. (xv) 387 pp. Green cloth lettered in silver on the spine; headband; illustrated with black and white photographs. Light wear on the corners of the dustjacket; no interior markings. The Chapters are: INTRODUCTION: America's Vietnam War Films: Marching Toward Denial by Linda Dittmar and Gene Michaud. ONE: Wide Angles: History in the Remaking: Historical Memory Film and the Vietnam Era by Michael Klein; Losing Vietnam: Covering the War in an Age of Technology by Rick Berg; The War about the War: Vietnam Films and American Myth by Leo Cawley; They Were Called and They Went: The Political Rehabilitation of the Vietnam Veteran by Harry W. Haines. TWO: Close-ups: Representation in Detail: Never Having to Say You're Sorry: Rambo's Rewriting of the Vietnam War by Gaylyn Studlar and David Desser; Rambo: Getting to Win This Time by Gregory A. Waller; Missing in Action: The Vietnam Construction of the Movie Star by Tony Williams; The Politics of Ambivalence: Apocalypse Now as Prowar and Antiwar Film by Frank P. Tomasulo; The Deer Hunter: Superman in Vietnam by Leonard Quart. THREE: Other Frames: Subtext and Difference: The Colonialist Subtext in Platoon by Clyde Taylor; Night of the Living Dead: A Horror Film about the Horrors of the Vietnam Era by Sumiko Higashi; Boys Will Be Men: Oedipal Drama in Coming Home by Michael Selig; Reproducing Fathers: Gender and the Vietnam War in U.S. Culture by Susan Jeffords; Portrait of a Disabled Vietnam Veteran: Alex Cutter of Cutter's Way by Martin F. Norden; Strange Hells: Hollywood in Search of America's Lost War by Keven Bowen. FOUR: Other Forms: Documenting the Vietnam War by David E. James; Imaging the Other: Representations of Vietnam in Sixties Political Documentary by Michael Renov; We Aren't on the Wrong Side - We ARE the Wrong Side: Peter Davis Targets American Hearts and Minds by David Grosser; Dear America: Transparency Authority and Interpretation in a Vietnam War Documentary by Barry Dornfeld; followed by: Appendix A: Chronology: The United States Vietnam and American Film; Appendix B: Selected Filmography: The Vietnam War on Film; and an index. Size: 8vo. Seller Inventory # 205085